The party line

The party line

 

BY BRANDON SAWYER

Oregonians who don’t want to join either the Democratic or Republican party have increased dramatically since the last presidential election. As of September, voter affiliation in Oregon counties showed huge gains from four years ago for registered Independents — they increased 155%. Nonaffiliated voters grew to represent 22% of the electorate. Other third parties, such as Libertarians and Pacific Greens, also made gains. Both major parties have lost registered voters since 2008. Democrats are down 7% and Republicans are down 2%. Democrats have a 9% edge over Republicans statewide, while Republicans dominate Central, Southern and Eastern Oregon.

1112 ByTheNumbers Map

 

+1.1%: Oregon voter registration Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2012
+6%: Registration growth 2000 to 2010
+12%: Population growth 2000 to 2010
2.4%: Unaffiliated and third-party registration in 1970
29%: Unaffiliated and third-party registration in 2012
1952: Only presidential election since 1950 with registered GOP majority
1974: Year of peak Democratic registration (57%)
 
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